Turin, the worst tragedy of the Italian foot is commemorating today’s game. 70 years after the death of the entire team of the then outstanding AC Turin at the aircraft disaster of Superga, the inauguration of a memorial plaque with the names of the 31 victims is the emotional climax of the celebrations.
18 players of the “Il Grande Torino” were at the 4. May 1949, on the return trip from the friendly match at Benfica Lisbon. During the approach in rain and fog, the Pilot steered the plane too low over the Turin city of hills, so that the machine grazed a part of the famous Superga sanctuary, and the mountain crashed. The funeral procession with the coffins through the town, over 500’000 people gave the Victims the last passage.
4 Times in a row, master, 93 home matches unbeaten
The accident shook the entire country and marked a turning point. Before the disaster, Torino was the dominant team in Italy, had won 4 Times in a row the championship and was playing in 93 home matches unbeaten, and remained.
Also, the Squadra Azzurra consisted largely of players from the Turin’s Top Teams. Posthumously, the Association stated in the table uncatchable, leading the club shortly after the crash to the Scudetto-winner. (red)